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To Coalition or not to Coalition?


Paul Komarek designs and implements community-based mental health solutions.

“Here’s my take. Coalitions are not social change vehicles. They are power transmission utilities. They are cultures of their own. They’re imperfect. Facilitated processes get what they are aimed at. ‘The system’ has a kind of gravity. It draws resources to it. And people in systems have blind spots. They can’t even imagine what outsiders consider normal. So: take power, don’t wait for it to come. Make demands you can stand up for. Unless it’s your coalition, it’s not ‘the’ coalition, it’s THEIR coalition.”

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